tv Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown CNN November 11, 2017 7:00pm-8:01pm PST
>> anthony: do you smell that? motor bike exhaust, fish sauce, incense, the far-away smell of something? is that pork grilling over charcoal? vietnam. it could be no place else. [ bicycle bell dings ] ♪ [ horn honks ] >> anthony: listen to me. listen to me. there is no other way to see this city, hanoi, than from a
it grabs you and doesn't let you go. once you love it, you love it forever. i've been coming here since 2000, the first time i'd been in this part of the world, and it's held a special place in my heart and my imagination since. i keep coming back, i have to. [ bells ding ] vietnam has changed since last time i was here. it's changing every minute. [ horns honk ] but some things, for now, anyway, remain the same. important things, like this stuff. that's going to be good. bún oc. first meal in hanoi, and it's
something they do here better than anywhere else. okay, i'm officially in hanoi now. mm. magic. a spicy, wonderful broth with tomatoes and herb and noodles and fresh snails. plump and delicious. look at those beauties. come to me, plump little love muscle. mm. hanoi -- capital city of vietnam. seven and a half million people live here. in the winter it's chilly and damp. in the summer hot, humid, subtropical. the boulevards and many of the buildings are french, but its heart and soul is always, always vietnamese. [ laughter ] >> anthony: americans coming here as tourists for the first time, especially veterans of the war, are shocked by how friendly the place is.
people are genuinely happy to see you. this is hanoi's old quarter, but it's looking less and less old these days. man, this area's changed, though. the irish/czech-themed pub next door. vietnam is a young country. almost half of vietnamese are under the age of 30. fewer every year even remember what they call here "the american war." those years were a defining time for just about everyone, vietnamese or american, who lived through them. and though there are still a lot of conflicted feelings back home, for most vietnamese these days, the war has become an abstraction, not even a memory. vietnam is still a poor nation, but the standard of living has improved a lot with the relaxing of hard-line communist economic policies.
more and more foreign tourists every year, western chains, inevitably, are everywhere, and president obama is visiting for the first time, taking another step on the long path toward normalizing relations between the two countries. that is good. ooh, hot. ooh, i hit that chili hard. ♪ [ bells ding ] ♪ [ horn honks ] [ thunder crashes ] ♪ >> tao: nice to meet you. >> anthony: yes. >> tao: it's such a pleasure. >> anthony: oh, and we have a beer ready to go, great. >> tao: yes. so, we are doing by bottle or we are going to pour it in a glass? >> anthony: how would you do it
if i wasn't here? >> tao: i would pour it in the glass. >> anthony: okay. >> tao: in vietnam, in particular in the north, it would be very improper for a woman to drink straight from the bottle. >> anthony: oh, really? oh, really? okay, well, i'm glad i know this now. cheers. tao is an eisenhower fellow and a fulbright scholar. she's devoted her career to help strengthen the bonds between vietnam and the u.s. today we drove to the outskirts of hanoi. cranes, tall buildings, people moving from the country to the city, marc jacobs, prada, i mean, this is a very young country now. >> tao: oh, very much a young nation. they like to eat, uh, kentucky fried chicken. they like to spend a lot of the time on the internet. the history of our country is a history of a war. we had a thousand years under the chinese, and then we had 80 years under the french, and then the japanese came in, and when the americans left, finally, in 1975 we got involved with cambodia. so, we only have peace since 1989. just in the matter of a few
decades the entire population will be those without any war experience, and that's a great thing. >> anthony: and what are we eating today? >> tao: well, we are going to have a bánh cun. >> anthony: and that means? >> tao: rice roll. very thin. >> anthony: like a crepe, uh -- >> tao: yes, it's like a crepe. and inside ground minced pork and wood ear mushroom. >> anthony: ah. you go. you dip it in and then >> anthony. oh, that's very good. everything we do internationally, someone refers back to the vietnam experience. >> tao: mm-hmm. >> anthony: you know? "let's not do that again." or -- >> tao: "let's not repeat vietnam." >> anthony: but i find it interesting that the people who had, perhaps, the most painful experience were among the first to reach out. i think the john mccain story is particularly interesting because here's a guy who had an
atrocious experience here in prison and yet he has been among the most vocal supporters of normalizing relations. >> tao: it took several trips to vietnam. and so he could see vietnam in a different light. it's no longer a war. it's a country with people. >> anthony: have you been out with returning veterans from -- >> tao: oh, yes. all the time. >> anthony: did they often want to go to the area that they served? >> tao: oh, yes. >> anthony: did they often even meet with the people they fought? >> tao: yes. >> anthony: b-52 pilots come to the areas that they unloaded their bombs. >> tao: yes. >> anthony: what is that experience like? what do you see when they come? >> tao: extremely emotional. extremely emotional. people burst into tears. the memory i kept of you 45 years ago was an enemy. i did anything and everything to
protect my life and to protect the people in my platoon. but, today, when i see you again, not as an enemy, as a person, everything just disappears. all the bad feelings disappear and now you actually get to know how -- "oh, are you married?" you know? "how many children do you have? what are you up to?" the life turned into a new chapter and this chapter is a good chapter. ♪
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commerce, of a wildly free-market economy in a system that's decidedly not. ♪ [ clapping ] ♪ >> anthony: when i first came here, it was tai chi at dawn, and that's still here, but there's also this. good to see you. >> ha: it's nice to see you too. this is anh, my friend. >> anh: my name is anh, nice to meet you. >> ha: she's also my zumba instructor. >> anthony: ah. no zumba for me. breakfast, though, sounds good. how often a week do you think the average person cooks and how often do they eat out?
>> ha: mostly we just cook at home for dinner because that's the only meal in the day that everybody can be together. but for other meals, normally we eat out. ♪ >> anthony: i meet my old friend ha in the edge of the old quarter, a place known as "cussing noodles." >> ha: this is my favorite, favorite restaurant. >> anthony: this place? >> ha: yes. >> anthony: the name comes from the owner, this lady, known for the free and frank way she communicates with her customers. i hear she yells at people. >> anh: yes. [ laughter ] [ speaking vietnamese ] >> ha: if you go to her counter and order something and then if you're indecisive, like, "uh, can i have this? oh, no, no, no, no, no. no, maybe i have this instead."
she's like, "i don't have a lot of time for you. so, just get out of here." >> anthony: really? >> ha: yeah. [ laughter ] [ owner speaking vietnamese ] >> anthony: and what's the specialty of the house here? >> ha: bún -- heo. means pig knuckles. >> anthony: pig knuckles. we know that's gonna be good. you put up with the abuse for this glorious, steaming bowl of rice noodles with spicy chilies, a rich, hearty, porky broth, with pig's knuckle and snout. it's the only item on the menu and it's good. >> ha: you know taro? >> anthony: yes, ah. >> ha: so, this is the stem of the taro plant. and to prepare this you have to be very careful because if you don't do it right then you get itchy mouth. >> anthony: toxic. >> ha: no, no, no, not toxic. you won't die from it, but it makes your mouth really itchy, so -- >> anthony: interesting. mm. wow, that's delicious. >> ha: when people talk about vietnam they always say about spring rolls or pho.
behind the old french cathedral. vendors set up stools and it's happy hour in hanoi. [ crowd chatters ] ♪ >> anthony: every doorway, every window, a little slice of life. ♪ a story all its own, lives lived, being lived, caught for a second, a moment, then gone. >> lin: in vietnam, sometimes, to be truly friend -- to be friendly -- >> hai: yeah. >> lin: -- we have to drink
until we are drunk. >> anthony: oh, well, okay. we must, we must. >> lin: cheers for friendship. >> anthony: lin din. my oldest friend in vietnam from the very beginning. many happy memories, my friend. we've been to saigon, can tho, nha trang -- he was my original minder for vietnam's ministry of foreign affairs. we became, in spite of his official responsibilities, fast friends. >> hai: one, two, three -- ba, yo! welcome back. welcome back. cheers. >> anthony: lin has brought me to a great and proud and uniquely hanoi tradition -- bia hoi. bia hoi refers to the roadside joints where locals gather to consume keg-dispensed, freshly brewed draft beer. ah, that's good. >> lin: it's not strong at all, my friend. just like between 3 to 4%. >> anthony: ah, so we need to drink a lot. >> lin: yeah. >> hai: yeah. >> lin: cheers for hanoi beer. [ horns honking ] it was something luxurious
30 years -- >> hai: yeah. >> lin: -- ago. >> anthony: right. >> lin: and now it's for everyone. >> hai: yeah. >> lin: it's not expensive. ten thousand dong. >> anthony: so, that's -- >> hai: 40 cents. >> lin: 40, 45 cents. >> anthony: 45 cents a beer. >> both: yeah. >> anthony: i'll have another. i can afford that. ♪ the country's changed so much. when i first came, bicycles and motorbikes. now lot of cars. >> lin: more cars. >> anthony: you know, look, money. >> lin: yeah. >> anthony: people are making money. business is good, right? >> both: yeah. >> anthony: i mean, much, much, much more tourism every year, yes? >> hai: yes, yes. people also enjoy life more. ♪ [ engines rev ] [ horns honk ] really?
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sara murray is live in hanoi. she's going to be following the press conference for us. it's already been a pretty busy day for the president. it's been pretty busy for him if only on twitter. >> reporter: it has been busy for him. look, he arrived here. they're going to hold this press difference together. but clearly president trump had a lot of things he wanted to get off his chest this morning. he went after people for scrutinizing his various pull asides with president putin, slammed former president barack obama, and he went after kim jong-un on twitter taking a very different tone, going back to his taunting comments the way he used to state side, but a different tone than he used when he was in south korea. so obviously president trump has a lot to say already this
morning. reporters will have an opportunity to ask him some questions as he appears alongside the vietnamese president. obviously lots of fodder to parse over. >> and two main topics, north korea and russia. with north korea, he was already involved with a verbal war with the north korean leader kim jong-un. let me read it out. why would kim jong-un insult me by calling him old when i would never call him short and fat. i try hard to be his friend and maybe someday that will happen. we see the u.s. president and the vietnamese president walking down the steps there. we're going to be bringing you live those question and answers by the two leaders. now, the u.s. president has praised his relationship with the vietnamese leader and said
how much progress they've made over the last few years and that was apparent to see. it's going to be interesting what questions, of course, the u.s. president in particular is asked. let's listen in. >> ladies and gentlemen, members of the media, the presidents are now announcing a press briefing on their talks.
>> translator: we both shared the views that the bilateral relations has scored substantial results over the years delivering enormous benefits to the people of both countries. during president trump's state visit to vietnam, vietnam and the united states issued a joint statement pledging to further deepen the vietnam-united states comprehensive partnership on the basis of mutual respect for each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political systems. within the framework the two sides reached important agreements on economy and trade. addressing war legacy issues
will receive -- after the two countries successfully concluded the cleanup project at the airport. the president and i discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest. we agreed to strengthen our close coordination at regional and international forums to contribute to peace and stability within the region at large. we talked about the importance of the asaen, united states partnership. we believe it will not only
benefit the country but also contribute to strengthening u.s.-asaen cooperation. the president's state visit to vietnam marks a milestone in vietnam-u.s. relations, creating strong momentum for the substantive and effective development of the bilateral comprehensive partnership. i wish president trump and members of the u.s. delegation and successful visit. and i hope that you will have good impressions of our country and our people. i sincerely thank mr. president personally and the american people for the warm friendship towards our country and people. and i appreciate the great efforts to develop vietnam-u.s.
bilateral relations. i'd also like to thank all american and vietnamese reporters who are here today. thank you very much. thank you, president. may i now invite the president of the united states to read out his remarks. >> thank you very much, president quan. and thank you for your tremendous hospitality during my first visit to vietnam. it is a pleasure to be with you right here in hanoi. on behalf of the american entire american delegation, i want to thank the vietnamese people for their warm welcome to reaffirm the strong partnership between our two nations. travelers from all around the world including many americans come each year to admire your mountains, cycle through your
winding many hillsides or swim through the magestic haloing bay. over the past two decades our two nations have come together to find a common purpose based on common interest, and that's what's happening. it is those crucial bonds we're here to reaffirm today. in m the united states transferred the u.s. coast gu d guard -- to the people and country of vietnam. named for u.s. treasury secretary henry, jr., this vessel once paroled vietnam during the vietnam war. today it is sailing the waters of the pacific on its way to
patrol these coasts for the people of vietnam. this month we mark veterans day in the united states. and out of war and conflict we have achieved a deep friendship, partnership, and we have achieved peace. bound by mutual respect and common experience, our veterans laid the foundation for that achievement between our nations. our decades long joint humanitarian efforts with the vietnamese people and government to account for and recover personnel still missing, so important to us. the horrors of this horrendous war, we want our service members support, and we give total support to our families. and we strengthen the foundation of our comprehensive partnership. that is so important to us. in the spirit of our friendship
i want to congratulate president quan for hosting a very successful apec leaders meeting. you did a fantastic job, thank you. as i stated to the apec summit, the united states is committed to a -- we want our partners in the indo' pacific to be proud and self-reliant, not proxies or satellites. we look forward to achieving a bilateral trade agreement with partners who abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade. two very important words, fair and reciprocal. it hasn't been that way for the united states almost at all. and we're changing that, and
we're changing it rapidly. for trade to work, all countries must play by the rules. i am encouraged that vietnam has recently become the fastest growing export market to the united states. mr. president, i applaud your efforts to implement economic reforms and increase vietnam's trade and investment in all directions. the united states is enthusiastic about economic reforms -- we just had a great discussion about american goodies and services coming into vietnam. two-way street. i am confident that american energy, agriculture, financial services, aviation, digital commerce and defense products are able to meet all of your many commercial needs.
and in fact not only meet them, but what we do is better than anyone else. moving forward i welcome vietnam's commitment to eliminating trade barriers for u.s. agricultural products, very important. we must ensure that especially those in digital services and e-commerce can compete on a level playing field. and we look forward to working with you to combat predatory and unfair trade practices in the region. on security issues we continue to work with your vietnamese partners and win partners across the region on a range of challenges including maritime security, counter terrorism, human and drug trafficking, cyber crime and disease prevention. later today i will travel to the pilippines where i will discuss many of these issues at the u.s. acn summit and the east asia
summit. the asaen summit is something i look forward to attending. as i said in my speech to the republic of korea's national assembly, all nations must act now to ensure that north korea's rogue regime stops threatening the world with unthinkable loss of life. safety and security are goals that should you nite all civilized nations. we want progress not provocation. i mean we have been provoked. the world has been provoked. we don't want that. we want stability, not chaos. and we want peace, not war. mr. president, thank you for being such a gracious host during my time right here in vietnam. i toured areas of vietnam, and
it is magnificent what's happening. over the past two decades our nations have continued to grow closer in advancing our shared interests. the history of our two nations reveals the possibility for peace and progress in our world. moving forward as partners we will achieve great prosperity and success for the american people and for the vietnamese people. i thank you very much. >> and now the floor is open to your questions. >> can you elaborate on the progresses of the u.s.-vietnam
relations over the past few years? >> translator: well, the reporters, over the past years the u.s.-vietnam relations have made very strong progress in all areas, politics, diplomacy, economy, trade, health, humanitarian areas and people to people exchange. and in particular high level contacts meetings and exchange of delegations on the basis of the comprehensive partnership have produced incentive and meaningful results. among them a visit to the united states by the prime minister in may this year and the state visit to vietnam and honorable president donald trump, and the very first year of his term are
the highlights. meetings during his visit, very useful. and the meetings give us the opportunity to understand each better and to work together on areas of mutual interests. the substantive and effective growth of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries have been and will be delivering benefits to people and contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, prosperity to the region and the world. thank you. >> translator: i'm from vtv and have another question for president tran dai kwaung.
>> translator: during the talks i had with the president, we acknowledge there's still much room for further expansion of bilateral relations and we discussed means to further strengthen in a more subsstantive and effective manner in the time to come. and the two sides to increase contacts and dialogues, especially the high level meetings through bilateral visits and meetings at the sightlines of the regional and international forums. we'll also promote the momentum for economic relations and on the basis of mutual interest, and we'll continue to
effectively implement the economic and trade agreements that we have signed. we'll also strengthen cooperation in science and technology, environment, climate change, humanitarian issues, human resources development and expanding people to people exchange. for the enhanced comprehensive partnership, for the interest of the two peoples and the benefit of peace, stability, coop ration for development in the region and the world. >> thank you very much. john roberts of fox, please. >> thank you, mr. president. and if i could throw a little bit of a change-up here, i'll ask woeboth leaders a question
opposed to just one. mr. president, you talked about your meetings with russian president vladimir putin yesterday in which you said you received further assurances for him in which he did not meddle in the u.s. election. there was some uncertainty that brewed back in the united states when you said when he tells me that, i believes that he means it. that was taken in some circles including senator john mccain to think that you believe he is saying he did not interfere in the election. could you once and for all definitively, sir, say once and for all say you believe whether or not putin or russia interfered in the election? >> what i said there is i believe he believes that. and that's very important for someone to believe. i believe he feels he and russia did not meddle in the election. as to whether or not i believe it or not, i'm with our agencies. i believe in our intel agencies,
our intelligence agencies. i've worked with them very strongly. there weren't 17 as was previously reported. there were actually four. they were saying there was 17, but there were actually four. but as currently led by fine people, i believe very much in our intelligence agencies. now, at the same time i want to be able because i think it's very important, to get along with russia, to get along with china, to get along with vietnam, to get along with lots of countries. because we have a lot of things we have to solve. and frankly russia and china in particular can help us with the north korea problem, which is one of our truly great problems. so i'm not looking to stand and start arguing with somebody when there's reporters all around and cameras recording and seeing our conversation. i think it was very obvious to everybody i believe that president putin really feels,
and he feels strongly, that he did not meddle in our election. what he believes is what he believes. what i believe is we have to get to work. and i think everybody understood this that heard the answer. we have to get to work to solve syria, ukraine, to solve terrorism. and, you know, people don't realize russia's been very, very heavily sanctioned. they were sanctioned at a very high level. and that took place very recently. it's now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken. those are very important things. and i feel that having russia in a friendly posture as opposed to always fighting with them is an asset to the world and an asset to our country, not a liability. and by the way, hillary clinton had the reset button. she wanted to get back together with russia. she even spelled reset wrong.
that's how it started, and then it got worse. president obama wanted to get along with russia but the chemistry wasn't there. getting along with other nations is a good thing, not a bad thing. believe me, it's a good thing, not a bad thing. okay, second. >> president, quang, what do you believe vietnam could bring to the table in that regard? >> translator: on north korea issue, vietnam is committed to seriously observing all the relevant resolution of the --
and we support the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. and we'll do our utmost and whatever we can to contribute to the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. thank you. >> you tweeted this morning about trying to be friends with kim jong-un. is that really a possibility? what would it take for that to happen stipt? and to president quang would you comment on trying to mediate the south sea dispute? >> that might be a strange thing to happen, but it's certainly a
possibility. if that did happen, it would be a good thing, i can tell you for north korea. but it would also be good for other places and other parts of the world. so certainly it is something that could happen. i don't know that it will, but it would be very, very nice if it did. >> translator: with regard to the south china sea issue, i have shared my thoughts with president donald trump on the recent developments in this area. and it is our policy to settle disputes in the south china sea through peaceful negotiations. and with respectful and
diplomatic process in accordance with international law including the 1982 law of the sea. thank you very much. thank you, we have come to the end the press briefing today. thank you all very much for your participation. >> all right, you've just been listening to the vietnamese president speaking alongside u.s. president, donald trump. and unsurprisingly the first question tuesday the u.s. president were all about his conversations yesterday with vladimir putin, the russian president and the controversy that created when the u.s. president gave his debrief to reporters yesterday. let's bring in cnn global affairs analyst. you were listening to that press conference. donald trump was essentially asked to clar fae what he said yesterday, the accounts he gave. did you get any clarity? >> i did not.
i'm confused. i have to be honest with you. >> yeah, so let's run through some of the statements then. this is what mr. trump said. the u.s. president said i believe that he believes that, meaning russian president vladimir putin believes that. as to whether i believe that, i'm with our intelligence agencies. so essentially, david, what i'm understanding, what i take away from that, is that the u.s. president is telling us, yes he agrees with the u.s. intelligence assessment that russia meddled but he also believes the russian president is not aware of quang qua . >> this completely cop tra dikts what he stowed reporters and will was a statement that stands by the findings by the 17 u.s. against agencies that russia meddled, and they aided donald trump's campaign and tried to hurt hillary clinton's campaign. so he's contradicting himself
again on where he stapds spot that's why i said i was confused. i mean, i'm -- if he stands with u.s. against agencies, he tried to make a point of current heads of u.s. intelligence agencies but, again, the cia just issued a statement standing by the organize that will finding that russia did meddle to help him and to hurt hillary clinton. so he's all over the place on this issue. >> and that includes the director of the cia who of course is a trump pick. so i'm not sure the clarification is going to bring a whole lot of clarity on that. let's see what sara murray made of that, cnn white house correspondent dhaufrg as well. sara, did you get more clarity on that? >> this is a different tone, a different thing from what the president said yesterday. he seemed to want to clarify in his appearance today that he does believe the assessment from u.s. intelligence agencies that russia tried to med he will in the election. he made a point of saying he certainly believes it now under the current direction of these intel agencies and, of course,
these agencies are now headed by people president trump has hand picked. he also went on to say that put putin clearly believes from president trump's point of view that russia didn't meddle. part of what you're seeing might ann little bit of naivety on the part of russian trump. i don't think there's anyone that thinks that russia could have meddled in a u.s. election without president putin ordering that. there's very little in russia that doesn't come from putin himself. setting all of that aside, president trump took this a step further and said that even though he does believe that russia meddled in the u.s. election, he believes there have v been very severe sanctions leveled against russia for that, and basically he wants to move the relationship forward. he made clear does he not want to dwell on meddling when it comes to his various meetings with putin and the relationship with russia more broadly. he wants to move forward and try to find ways to work together on syria, to work together on north
korea. and it's worth know thing that there are plenty of analysts who sort of agree with that general assessment, that you can't just constantly be meeting with putin, be meeting with russia, and rehashing the same old issues. i think the reason that people get concerned about it when it comes to trump is he's wavered so many times on the issue of russia's meddling and this election that people don't always believe if even if the moments, the rare moments when he has come out and said i do believe that russia meddled in the election, i do believe the assessment from u.s. intelligence agencies. >> sara, to your last point, this is one of the last things that the u.s. president said about that. he said, russia's been heavily sanctioned, now it's time to get back to healing a world that is shattered. what did you make of that? did you get the impression that per haeps was saying it's time to move past those sanctioned on russia? >> well, i think that he would certainly like to move forward with russia on other diplomatic issues rather than sanctions and
election meddling. one of things that's telling that played out in the united states is that congress forced the president's hand in terms of leif vig these sanctions against russia. members of trump's own party didn't believe he was going to take an active approach on this, didn't believe he was going to take a hard line so they forced this administration to levy sanctioned on russia. they also put pressure on the white house and state department to follow through. right, exactly. so in many ways there's nothing the president can do about the sanctions. i think he was sort of saying these in place, this is where we are, the u.s. intelligence community believes russia meddled, fine, i agree with them, we've slapped sanctions on them and now let's move forward and find ways we can work together. and that seems to be trump's m.o. when it comes to rewriting the dynamic between russia and u.s. he firmly believes that the u.s. and russia can have working relationships on issue like north korea and syria. >> thank you very much for joining us.
i think it's good to remember so we don't make the same mistake. some people choose to be angry, to hold grudge. but some people choose to let go and for the peace inside themselves. that's -- that's up to the person. and i think it's good that -- that -- it's important that we know about history. and to make sure it's never happen again. i met a lot of war veterans and surprisingly, a lot of them
don't have any angers against our enemies. and that's amazing. that is amazing. i learned so much from them. ♪ [ music stops ] ♪ >> ha: for vietnamese, we have so many legends. but the majority of legends related to our traditions of fighting against foreign invaders and to protect our country. over the last 20 years of my
life, i've seen a lot of changes. and we know that there's still a lot of shortcoming. [ bells ringing ] but everything needs time. we need to be patient. we can't rush because we really don't want another war. >> anthony: general william westmoreland, who commanded u.s. forces here in the mid-'60s, famously said, "the oriental doesn't put the same high price on life as does a westerner. life is plentiful. life is cheap in the orient." it was an extraordinary grotesque and wrongheaded observation from a guy who, if nothing else, was expected to understand his enemy on the battlefield. he could not, it turned out, do even that.
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